Book Sale Information
In July, our focused sale will include mystery, movies, and music. Stop by at any time. The shelves are updated daily.
At the Library, during the entire month of August, the Friends will be have a Summer Gift Sale of “new” and “like-new” books, games, movies and music items for all ages. These make wonderful gifts for the upcoming holiday season or for any gift giving needs you may have for the fall and winter. (Very similar to our December sale each year.)
Fall 2019 Book Sale at Essex Library
The Annual Fall Book Sale (the “best little book sale in town”) is a two-day event on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 9 am – 4 pm. Starting at 2:30 pm to close, books will sell for half price.
The “Fill your Bag for $5” sale will be on Monday, October 7, 2019 from 10 am-5 pm. You are invited to bring your own tote or paper bag. Free paper bags will also be available at the library.
We welcome donations of all books in good condition for both adults and children. We also welcome unabridged books on CD, music CDs and movie DVDs as long as they are in their original box.
We cannot accept:
- Books with mold or water damage
- Magazines (including National Geographic)
- Text books over 2 years old
- Technology books/manuals over 1 year old
- Encyclopedias, Reference books
- Vinyl records
- VHS tapes or cassettes
When and where do I bring my donations to the library?
We accept donations all year long, except for the week before our Spring and Fall sales. Please bring them in any time the library is open. If you have a lot to carry, see the person at the circulation desk to have the door near the handicapped parking opened. Please do not leave donations in the lobby or at the door.
What happens to donations?
Donated items are screened for use by the library (and then cleaned if necessary). If they do not go to the library shelves, they are sorted, priced and put into categories for the book sale. We do not have a lot of sorting room so they go into category boxes in the order in which they arrive .Items that don’t sell during our sales continue their journey and are distributed to the Newington VA, The Niantic Women’s Facility, Read to Grow and Goodwill. Items that are not in sellable condition are placed on the free shelves near the library copier or sent to the recycling room at the dump.
Can I get a tax deduction?
The library will be happy to give you a form that thanks you for your donations but does not put a monetary value on them. Ask for the form when you bring in your donation items.
More questions about donations?
What categories do you use for the BOOK SALES?
AV ITEMS (audio books, music cds, movie dvds)
CHILDREN/ YOUNG ADULT
DIY – Do It Yourself
LITERATURE / DRAMA
SPORTS & MARITIME
DIY includes, crafts, technology, and woodworking
Literature/Drama includes short stories, essays, and plays
Miscellaneous topics not fitting the categories above
Self-help contains: philosophy, psychology, yoga, ‘how-to’ for personal growth
Children’s includes; board books, STEAM, as well as Activities and Games